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Chemicals and capital markets: Searching for a way back to the winner’s podium

– Chemicals have lagged in global capital markets since early 2018. The industry needs a new set of value drivers to win back investors’ interest.
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Beating the cycle: Building resilience in chemicals

– Economic downturns take their toll—and chemical companies are no exception. Our research finds companies that increased resilience in the last downturn made bold moves.
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Technology-enabled procurement for chemical companies

– They recognize the importance of strong purchasing capabilities, but few have transformed the function into a source of real strategic advantage. Digital and analytics can help.
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The next big thing? Quantum computing’s potential impact on chemicals

– The chemical industry is poised to be an early beneficiary of the vastly expanded modeling and computational capabilities of quantum computing. Companies must act now to capture the benefits.
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Chemicals manufacturing 2030+: More of the same…but different

– A decade from now, chemicals plants may look similar from the outside. But the inside will be very different.

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Chemicals in capital markets: Temporary setbacks or new disruptive trends?

– The global chemical industry is no stranger to setbacks in capital markets performance. A snapshot of recent trends may show the... industry entering new territory.
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Resilience in chemicals: How to prepare for the next downturn

– Economic downturns take their toll—and chemical companies are no exception. Here’s what resilient companies did to... outperform their peers.

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McKinsey on Chemicals, Number 7

– Explores the changing chemicals landscape, capital markets, strategies, mergers & acquisitions, and digital.

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Four pathways to digital growth that work for B2B companies

– Here’s what it takes for industrial companies to outgrow their peers and create sustainable value from digitization at scale.
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Critical infrastructure companies and the global cybersecurity threat

– How the energy, mining, and materials industries can meet the unique challenges of protecting themselves in a digital world.
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Compound growth at MilliporeSigma

– CEO Udit Batra describes what it took to fuse two vibrant R&D organizations, as well as the business value realized from their... integration.
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China’s chemical industry: New strategies for a new era

– China looks set to remain the fastest-growing major chemical market, but important changes are under way. To succeed in this next... stage of development, players will need to embrace a new set of strategies.
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How plastics waste recycling could transform the chemical industry

– Reusing plastics waste could become an important driver of profitability for chemical companies. Incumbent players need to make... the right moves now to tap this opportunity.
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No time to waste: What plastics recycling could offer

– Plastics waste is hurting the chemical industry as well as the environment. By taking the lead on recycling, chemical players... could add a new dimension to the industry and help solve the problem.
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Launching Axalta: An interview with Charlie Shaver

– Charlie Shaver led the carve-out of DuPont’s coatings business that created Axalta. Five years on, he talks about the steps... he has taken to build an industry leader, and trends in the coatings sector.
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Building a great data platform

– Five insights into building a great data platform can help energy, chemical, utility, and basic-materials companies get it right.
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Chemicals and capital markets: Back at the top

– Early 2018 sees the chemical industry back in position as the top performer in its value chain.
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Petrochemicals 2030: Reinventing the way to win in a changing industry

– Location has been the key to success in petrochemicals: playing in emerging markets and accessing cheap feedstock. As the industry... shifts, companies will have to work harder on core capabilities and strategy.
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Using advanced analytics to boost productivity and profitability in chemical manufacturing

– Digital holds major promise for chemical companies, and employing advanced analytics in manufacturing presents some of the earliest-accessible... and largest opportunities.
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